Fish and Aquatic Life
Loretta Lake (Burnett Flowage), in the Weirgor Creek and Brunet River Watershed, is a 129.86 acre impoundment that falls in Sawyer County. This impoundment is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1969, Surface Water Resources of Sawyer County Brunet Flowage, T39, 40N, R4W, Section 34, 4
A hard water, drainage impoundment on the Brunet River. The water control structure on the outlet has a 10-foot head and is controlled by Pawyer County and the Town of Draper. The estimated normal outlet flow of the river is 12.7 cfs. The fish population consists of muskellunge, largemouth bass and panfish. The common aquatic plants are bulrushes, arrowhead, cattails and pond lilies. About eighty percent of the littoral bottom type is clay and the remainder is boulder and muck. Two minnow feeder streams enter the flowage, Fly Blow Creek and a small unnamed feeder in Section 33. There are other extensive shrub swamp wetlands existing in the upper part of the flowage that provides nesting habitat for ducks. Because of the flowages rather recent origin, it does not have extensive private development. There are only four cottages on the lake. There are three public accesses. One near the dam, another on the northwest shore and a third at the town road crossing near the inlet. Public frontage is limited to the frontage on the town access sites.
Surface Acres = 126.3, Maximum Depth = 12 feet, M.P.A. = 52 ppm, Secchi Disk = 3 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||583244||Loretta Lake - Loretta Lake||Map||Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||10005575||Loretta Lake||8/29/2000||9/12/2017||Map||Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||583159||Loretta Lake - Deep Hole||8/15/2017||8/15/2017||Map||Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||10041724||Loretta Lake North Boat Launch||12/27/2010||12/27/2010||Map||Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||10014949||Loretta Lake_General Lake Station||Map||Data|
|2382700||Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage)||10047798||Loretta Lake -- South Boat Launch Access||12/27/2010||12/27/2010||Map||Data|
Loretta Lake (U Brunet Flowage) is located in the Weirgor Creek and Brunet River watershed which is 324.00 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.80%), wetland (24.80%) and a mix of agricultural (4.10%) and other uses (6.40%). This watershed has 407.41 stream miles, 2,240.99 lake acres and 39,377.08 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.